Full Council last night (Wednesday) agreed a minority Labour administration will take over the running of the council, with Peter Marland confirmed as Leader.
Cllr Marland (pictured) said: “It is a huge honour and privilege to lead the City of Milton Keynes. It is a challenge I’m really looking forward to.
“I believe that I have an incredibly strong team to ensure that the change people want and expect will be delivered. We have a good mix of fresh faces and experience.
Cllr Marland’s Cabinet colleagues are:
Hannah O’Neill Deputy Leader, also responsible for Housing and Regeneration
Robert Middleton Resources, Efficiency and Growth
Mick Legg Public Realm
Sarah Bettely Community Engagement and Empowerment
Nigel Long Health, Wellbeing and Community Services
Norman Miles Children and Lifelong Learning
Cllr Marland said: “I’ve appointed a number of young energetic councillors who are committed to challenging the status quo and bringing a new approach to how a council should work for our citizens today, not just accepting that it is how it has always worked in the past, and experienced councillors with the expertise needed to deliver specific high quality services.
“The next few years are not going to be easy as Milton Keynes Council faces unprecedented budget cuts, but we have a positive ambitious agenda based on making Milton Keynes a more prosperous, equal city that is a great place to live, work and visit.”
Key appointments have also been made to committees including the Audit Committee, Development Control Committee, Executive Scutiny Panel and the Health and Wellbeing Board.
The current political make-up of the council is:
Liberal Democrats 13